January 22, 2006

Vermont Catholics schools implement prevention program

Burlington Free Press

By Sally Pollak
Free Press Staff Writer

Vermont's Catholic schools have incorporated into their curriculum a program that teaches children about sexual predators and how to protect themselves from potential abuse.

The Child Lures Prevention program that the diocese implemented was created by Ken Wooden of Shelburne, who trained more than 300 diocesan educators and administrators in its use.

The program was implemented in the state's 17 Catholic schools -- 15 primary schools and two high schools -- in November. It will be an annual part of the curriculum, with age-appropriate lessons for students in grades 1-8, said Kevin Scully, director of safe environment programs for the diocese and former Burlington police chief. It will be repeated for high school students, reaching the more than 2,700 students who attend Catholic school in Vermont.

Posted by kshaw at January 22, 2006 09:11 AM